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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with crystal malt and Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, slightly caramel flavor and a rich amber color. Abita Amber was the first beer offered by the brewery and continues to be our leading seller.

17 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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Ratings: 1,350 | Reviews: 485 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty mild with some malt/grain and slight caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, and some mild herbal hops on the finish. There is a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but the smell is lacking in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

acurtis, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Texasfan549, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slight hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly dissipated into a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are light aromas of toasted caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some flavors of toasted and caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a somewhat thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is drinkable, but nothing really sets it apart to make me want to have another of these.

metter98, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

kjkinsey, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a modest head that doesn't display great retention or lacing but does manage to cap the liquid for quite some time

Smell: Slightly sweet with a grainy barley aroma

Taste: Starts out somewhat sweet with a toasted malt flavor; after the swallow, an unfortunate grainy aspect takes over that detracts from the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkabiluty: Easy enough to drink but no particularly memorable

brentk56, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slight sweet and malty aroma, less than I prefer. Lightly brown apearance lessened by the carbonation. Flavor and body seem to be a bit too weak, both of style and preference. Too sweet and tacky to be refreshing; too weak to be flavorful or balanced. Finishes also sweet and a bit tart for style.

BEERchitect, May 21, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who'da thunk it? Abita Amber isn't an amber ale at all, but an Oktoberfest. At least it's the right season for it. Pumpkin orange with amber edges capped with a pale orangish ecru head that is whipped creamy, decently persistent and sticky enough to lay down a high collar of lace.

The nose is a step down from the appearance. It's moderately toasted caramel malty, but it isn't bold enough or multi-faceted enough to suit me. The flavor isn't a whole lot better. It's malt-dominant (natch) with a lackluster toasted caramel flavor and... not much else. The body is medium for the style and is about as generic as the aroma and the flavor.

Abita Amber is a garden-variety Oktoberfest that makes no horrible missteps, but neither does it impress. It's drinkable as long as one is otherwise engaged and doesn't want to bother with anything even remotely interesting. I drink for flavor though, and by that standard this beer falls noticeably short.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 05, 2004
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with some lacing on a mixed amber golden clear body.

S: light on the nose with mostly caramel malt. Some nutty notes

T: a little bland with caramel malt up front and a sweet corn with nut note finish.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable and refreshing but not overly flavorful. Simple and one dimensional but appeases the standard beer drinker.

kylehay2004, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with a pretty nice looking amber color, the head was cream colored and fizzy. The smell had a slight hoppiness with some caramel malts in there. The taste was too mild in my opinion, I couldn't really pin point any real specifics here other than some malts and a minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the light side too. Overall not the most impressive Amber Ale really.

Knapp85, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a huge, creamy-looking white head that fizzled out in half the time it took to type this sentence.

Smell: Impossibly faint aroma of grains and grapes.

Taste: Quick hint of caramel and grains before a sweet-sour grape flavor kicks in. Oh brother, what a way to kick-off the evening.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Downright watery.

Drinkability: Not very impressive. I didn't enjoy this one at all.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

SocalKicks, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight off white half finger head,some caramel and toast in the nose with a light smattering of leafy hops.Slightly sweet flavors with some caramel and breadiness,some drying in the finish.Easy drinking and food friendly,nothing to complain about.

oberon, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I love cheap singles. We need more of them at more stores, I tells ya! This one pours a clear, well, amber (how very appropriate) topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose is heavy on the buttery biscuits, as though company was expected; some light caramel and nutmeg finish off a strange olfactory experience. The taste also has a good amount of biscuits, but they're not as buttery as before. Some mild wheat, light caramel, and, following the theme, very mild hoppy floral and citrus notes round out the kinda lackluster flavor. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a semi-crisp finish. Overall, an okay brew, nothing special, nothing objectionable. Easy to down, though.

TMoney2591, Aug 06, 2010
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3/5  rDev -13%

JAHMUR, May 15, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, foamy, tan head that left minimal amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and some grains.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. Nice caramel maltiness with a little hint of vanilla. Some mild spiciness.

M - It was smooth and a little soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brew. Nothing too fabulous but drinkable.

zeff80, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy copper body is topped by a full, foamy off-white head that holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is slightly fruity and offers the toasty and lightly sweet maltiness of Vienna malt. The flavor follows the aroma with a well-balanced, bready & toasty malt. Some of the Abita house flavor is present but it doesn't stand out as it does in some of their less malty beers. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation. The creamy mouthfeel helps to accentuate the maltiness. The malt gives way to a dry finish with a touch of hop bitterness and a lightly lingering biscuity note. One of Abita's better beers and a good crossover beer for those starting to look for more flavor. This beer should be enjoyed at 45-55F to experience it's complete maltiness.

NeroFiddled, Aug 01, 2002
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Clear amberish orange with a bubbly off white lace.

Smell: Delicate malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

Taste: Crisp, clean and some what smooth yet medium bodied and malty with a toasted biscuity malt flavour and hints of caramel. Some hop presence of spicy bitterness and a touch of herbal flavour. Some more, yet fading, toasted grain in the end.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale copper amber, with a large egg shell tinted white head forms fizzy thick head that rises above the glass and then quickly fades away to form bands of scattered lacing with each sip. Aroma slightly metallic with mild faint caramel and nut notes mild flowing sweetness and a kiss of herbal hops. Flavor is light with specialty grains just slipping through the fizzy beer flavor, but it works with a mild caramel, nut, and slightly creamy edge with faint hops arising with each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied as it gets in the craft realm but a nutty dryness does stay on the palate with carbonation tickling the throat. Drinkability is sessionable but damn I want more flavor at this level in the game. I still give props to these Abita beers being early on influences in beers exploitation of myself.

WVbeergeek, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and a little smoky with strong flavors of caramel and spices. There’s a good hops presence in the background that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, it’s a good beer to stick with for an evening even if it may not quite be a true O-fest, maybe more of a Munich Dunkel or Helles Lager maybe, but still a good beer.

TheManiacalOne, May 27, 2007
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3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a crème head. Nose is like a pile of wet grass from yesterday that I let sit out on the front yard since then. Nasty. Over time calms down to a mere wet grass stink, but still... Flavor seems to be heavily influenced by a straw character. Feel is decent at best. Nice level of carbonation and a good liquid feel, but the flavor just kills any possibility of a positive experience here. Overall just a weak beer. Nothing at all good about it from my point of view. Avoid.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.